Common problems related to poor ergonomics include carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, back pain and disc issues, headaches and neck pain. Injury based legal action, absenteeism, work errors and workplace fatigue are all higher in an ergonomically poor environment.
An ergonomic assessment may be indicated for both remediation or prevention of further injury.
When you book an ergonomic assessment your OT will first discuss your role and specific needs from your workstation and personal injury status. Ergonomic principles are applied but adjusted to suit each individual’s personal requirements.
A report detailing any changes made is given to the client with any recommendations of equipment to be bought to enable optimal ergonomic set-up. Your OT will firstly try to use any equipment already currently available in the workplace before recommending any purchases.
Specific stretches will be taught to client’s who require it and information given on how to maintain good ergonomics as a quick reference for the future should someone change their workstation temporarily.